I am so happy that I went to Wanda’s Pie in the Sky for the first time when I did because I was met with one of the prettiest, happiest things I’ve ever seen in my life! And a very delicious and flavourful thing at that. Let me back up and start from the very beginning though before I unleash the prettiness in all its glory. In all the years I’ve been walking around Kensington Market, I always noticed and admired Wanda’s Pie in the Sky from the outside, but never got around to going inside or eating there.
Like I mentioned yesterday, I was partly misguided by my assumption that it was mainly a dessert cafe. I know, I know. Even with my misguided assumption, I should have just went in, right? Even if I did think Wanda’s was purely a dessert cafe, that certainly shouldn’t have stopped me from paying them a visit. Deb loves sweet things the same way Homer loves donuts! I should have been to Wanda’s a million times by now. I really don’t have a good reason why I haven’t gone until this summer other than I’m weird!
Thus, when I saw a WagJag deal for Wanda’s several months ago, I pounced on it without so much as a second thought. With my WagJag voucher in hand, I finally gave myself a swift kick in the bum and went to enjoy some delicious goodies. And I was in one heck a foodie delight! Wanda’s Pie in the Sky is so cute. There are whimsical paintings of cartoon drawn characters on the walls, lanterns hanging from the ceiling, and the whole place is painted head to toe in pastel colours: pale blue, mint green, periwinkle, pale yellow, bubblegum pink, and lavender purple. And the food! I was in awe as I walked around scoping out all my options in a happy daze, stupidly thinking to myself, “oh my goodness, I can eat lunch here!” Yes, Debra, yes you can. There were huge platters of fresh salads being put out, vegetarian sandwiches, quiche, pizza flatbreads, and enough dessert to create a real-life version of Candy Land.
Wanda’s has a number of combo options on their menu (located up on the wall on a chalkboard behind the glass case of food) for lunch. You can mix and match things like quiche and salad, salad and sandwich, soup and sandwich, and a number of others. You can definitely order all for their food separately or on their own, but the combos may it easier to pair up items for a bigger lunch at a less expensive price. Prices for combos range from $6-$12, and individual servings range from $4-$7. For example, the sandwich and salad combo I ordered was a $9 one.
Although I’m saving my sandwich report for The Vegetarian Sandwich series on the blog, I will say that I ordered their avocado sandwich and the seeded sour dough bread it was made with is absolutely delicious. Sure, the sandwich filling is pretty standard in terms of vegetables, but it’s good and the bread was so good that it compelled me to ask one of the girls behind the counter what bread they used. Oh! And although the salad was for my boyfriend, it was a sundried tomato and feta penne pasta salad with LOTS of sundried tomato, large chunks of feta, yellow and red bell peppers, shredded cucumber, green scallions, and very good dressing.
And of course, a meal isn’t complete without dessert, especially in a place like Wanda’s Pie in the Sky! I saw everything from macarons to vegan cupcakes to pie (of course!) to frosted sugar cookies. And then I saw IT. Are you prepared for the awesomeness and gorgeousness that’s about to come? Yes, no, sort of? Okay, well, I hope you’re sitting down for this one. I have been waiting what feels like forever to show you all these pictures! Behold, the rainbow cake at Wanda’s Pie in the Sky! This rainbow cake is a sight for sore eyes and is the epitome and embodiment of sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows in the sky!
Even though I know anyone would be skeptical of a cake like this because something that looks beautiful doesn’t necessarily mean it tastes amazing. I promise you though, this cake isn’t just for looks. Each layer of the rainbow cake is a diffferent flavour! Starting from the purple and working our way up, the flavours of the layers are as follows: lavender, mint, green tea, lemon, orange, cherry, and dark cherry. It is SO DAMN PRETTY and yes, delicious and sweet and creamy and scrumptious. The cake in its entirety was very yummy, but my favourite layers of the cake had to be the lavender, mint (I know, surprising given how I’m not much of a mint fan), lemon, and orange.
One of the best things about this cake was that it wasn’t too sweet. I know cake tastes great when it’s sweet, but I’m talking sickly sweet where the frosting just tastes like gritty sugar. When a cake is like that, it ends up tasting artifical and becomes very unsavoury to eat. This cake isn’t like that at all. The frosting is so soft and creamy and airy whipped in texture with just the right amount of sweetness. It’s a great complement to the cake because it doesn’t overwhelm or take away the fun flavours but it also lends itself to that perfect cake to cream ratio.
A slice is $6 and even though it might cost more than a meal you might put together yourself or eat at another place, in my opinion, it is well worth it. Just think about it. This is a 7-layer cake where each layer is a different flavour. Let’s not even talk about the cream frosting. Imagine trying to make this yourself and spending the money on 7 different flavourings and extracts, baking 7 different layers of cake, frosting each layer, and then neatly putting it altogether to make it as beautiful as this. I don’t know about you, but the labour that went into making this cake is enough for me. And by golly is half a slice even filling and satisfying! This is cake that makes everything more colourful and happy, and having a meal at Wanda’s makes me feel just as lighthearted 😀
Wanda’s Pie in the Sky is located at 287 Augusta Ave. in Kensington Market. Wanda’s Pie in the Sky is located in between Nassau and College St. They are open every day from 8am-9pm. For more info on placing orders, attending classes, and dessert items they serve, check out their website here.
Scrapbook materials used: Pale blue and mint green cardstock (Recollections); dessert themed patterned cardstock (The Sweet Stack by DCWV); dessert stickers (Sticko); glitter alphabet stickers; gold alphabet stickers (Sticko); white felt with silver glitter.